The EPA will not use the Chevrolet Volt's vaunted 230-mpg rating.
By Greg Migliore
Time is running out to get a 2011 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500.
More than 3,300 orders have been placed for the instant icon -- arguably the best ‘Stang ever -- and Ford is capping orders for this model year at 5,500.
Do the math: that means 2,200 or less remain. Ford says it will halt orders in a bid to maintain the exclusivity of the GT500, and the initial response has already beat expectations.
“The car continues to be popular with sports car enthusiasts and collectors who are blown away by the increase in horsepower and performance,” said Fritz Wilke, Mustang brand manager. “The limited production of the 2011 should make this year even more desirable.”
The drama of Corvette's 50th anniversary at Le Mans
Now, I know it would have been impossible for Chevy to somehow procure seven-and-a-half-minutes of ad time, but this video of the Corvette racing team's struggles, triumphs, and heart break at the 50th anniversary of the team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the best advertisement for the Corvette brand one could want. I won't say more than that, because the inherent drama is what makes the vid great, but if you love racing -- if you love cars -- take the time to watch this start to finish. It's great stuff.
By Greg Kable
MINI is hard at work on a new entry-level model--dubbed the MINI Minor or “MINI MINI” -- and it could be revealed in concept form at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
The first phase of building the prototype is under way at a BMW site in Munich, Germany. AutoWeek first reported plans for this small car last month (“Mini Minor?” AW June 7, 2010). It would be based on a modified version of an existing front-engine/front-wheel-drive platform boasting a shorter wheelbase. The new small MINI has been conceived as part of BMW's broad-based project “i” mobility initiative, which has also spawned the more high-tech, carbon-fiber-intensive Mega City Vehicle -- a car with which the new MINI shares very little.
American carmakers make the most appealing autos, according to J.D. Power's 2010 APEAL Study.
The last two years have been an economic nightmare for this country, especially the automotive industry. It finally looks, though, like things are on the mend -- or at least that the free fall has been stemmed -- and Americans are once again spending money on cars, although not much.
A few weeks back, we reported that the domestic automakers demonstrated higher initial quality than the imports for the first time in the 24-year history of J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study. Today, J.D. Power released its annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, which shows that for the first time in more than a decade, domestic auto brands have surpassed import brands as a whole in vehicle appeal.
The new 100 mph, 100 miles-per-charge, 100 percent electric sportbike from Brammo.
The Empulse, which comes in three models, is capable of sustaining speeds of 100 mph and can, in the case of its top-range offering, get up to 100 miles on a single charge from a standard 110-volt outlet.
The Empulse takes a "world's first" on its release -- that is, it's the first production electric motorcycle with a water-cooled motor. The three models reflect the different average ranges per charge from the company's proprietary Digital Drivetrain: The Empulse 6.0 gets 60 miles per charge, the 8.0 gets 80 miles per charge and the 10.0 -- you guessed it -- gets 100 miles per charge. (Of course, you can extend those ranges with somewhat more restrained driving, the company says.)
Prices -- did we mention the Empulse line starts at less than 10 grand? -- more images and a video of the sportbike in action are after the jump.
Dozens of data event recorders show driver error.
According to a report yesterday in The Wall Street Journal, the Transportation Department has found evidence of possible driver error during its examination of dozens of black boxes from Toyota vehicles involved in accidents allegedly attributable to unintended acceleration. The findings have noted that, in many cases, the throttles were wide open and the brakes weren't engaged. However, that doesn't completely rule out manufacturer culpability.
According to the source article, while it's certainly true that some of the Lexus and Toyota drivers could have been accidentally flooring the accelerator, instead of the brake as they thought, the notorious one-two punch of "sticky" accelerator pedals that don't return to idle along with floor mats that can keep accelerators depressed, could also lead to that same outcome.
Volts' battery system to get 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty.
As we've said before, the press and hype surrounding the Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle makes it seem like the car has been out for ages, but it hasn't even hit dealerships yet. However, when it does, General Motors wants to make it perfectly clear that it's standing behind the vehicle: GM announced today that the lithium-ion batteries in new Volts will be accompanied by an 8-year, 100,000-mile warranty. It sets a new standard for electric-vehicle warranties, and is transferable at no cost to other owners.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5